In this episode of Your Best Life, Karl interviews Vani Hari, who is a food activist, author, and runs FoodBabe.com. She is well known for her criticism of the food industry, and has been the catalyst for big corporations, such as Chipotle, making changes to the ingredients they use. Food Babe allows you to learn the truth about the ingredients in your foods, and teaches you how to make informed food purchasing decisions in pursuit of better health. If you care about the link between the food you eat and how well you feel or healthy you are, this is a great episode!
- How did the Food Babe blog get started?
- What was it like the first time you targeted a problem and received a response?
- What has been the business impact to companies that addressed your concerns?
- When is it too late to benefit from making healthy food changes?
- How do you get children to make changes?
- What is one good habit people could start following right away and get benefit from?
- What can consumers do to participate in this movement?
- Is there lobbying being done in government right now that is effective?
Key Lessons Learned:
- This is the first time in history that the current generation is expected to live a shorter life than the one before it.
- You are what you consume. Not just what you eat but also the air you breathe, what you drink, and what you take in with mindset.
Understanding What's In Your Food
- It's amazing the role that food plays in the way we feel.
- Once you understand what's in your food, it's really hard to go back and eat foods that have chemicals and additives -because of how different you feel.
- When you reach your optimal health and calling, you can do miraculous things.
- When you start to take care of your body and start to lose weight, you'll notice you feel younger, have more energy, and get healthy from the inside out.
The Food Industry
- The food industry reacts to articles that posted by Food Babe by either calling Vani Hari direct or by making public or secret changes.
- The more people who know the truth, the more they will demand better products, and people will start voting with their dollars.
- Food companies are losing money because Americans are waking up.
- All of us have the right to know what's in our food and to ask questions.
The only sector of the food industry that continues to grow each year is the organic sector. (Expo West consumed the entire Anaheim Convention Center)
- Businesses that Food Babe targeted have had positive growth after making changes.
- Food companies have had too much power over the FDA, which controls the decisions made in Washington.
- Add one green drink to your diet each day (can be as small as a wheat grass shot or a green smoothie or juice).
- Once your body starts to get the nutrition it needs, it will stop craving fast foods.
- When your body is satisfied, gets the nutrition, and you stop eating empty calorie foods, your body starts to change.
- Your weight will regulate once you make the change, your skin will get brighter, organs will start working more efficiently, and you will start to look younger.
- The juice and smoothie revolution means making them is a lot more accessible at home or while you are away.
- If you are traveling, you can ask the room service or restaurant to make you a green smoothie.
Participating in the Food Babe Movement
- 1) Vote with your dollars.
Make sure every purchase you make at the grocery store is a healthy one and something that supports a company that is putting good food in your body.
- 2) Share what you learn about food with your friends.
If you read an article, share it on your Facebook page. This is how movements happen.
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Links to Resources Mentioned
The Food Babe Way (book)
2 click to tweet links! (Thanks for helping spread the word!)
Tweet: Food Babe or Food Extremist? Find out what Vani says on Your Best Life @thefoodbabe @wellnessgroup http://wellness.com/foodbabe
Tweet: Food activism is good for the food business! Find out why on Your Best Life / @thefoodbabe @wellnessgroup